Governor Jay Inslee secured a federal grant in 2015 to begin designing a paid family leave program. 

The Legislature approved Senate Bill 5975 during the 2017 legislative session and the new law went into effect on October 19, 2017. 

The Employment Security Department will administer the program. The Paid Family & Medical Leave project team is designing the program now. The state will begin collecting premiums from employers and employees on Jan. 1, 2019. Eligible individuals may apply for benefits starting Jan. 1, 2020.